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Jackson High School receives national College Success Award

GreatSchools honors Jackson High School with 2020 College Success Award

National recognition celebrates high schools that prepare students to succeed in college

 Jackson High School is proud to announce it has received a prestigious College Success Award from

Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college, and succeed once they get there. This year, Jackson High School is among 2,158 award-winning schools from 29 states that have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year colleges, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the physical and financial health of the nation, Jackson High School is ensuring students graduate with the skills and resources to succeed as postsecondary scholars and productive citizens. College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 70 percent of jobs will require a post-secondary degree by 2027. Jackson High School is one of 174 public schools in Ohio to receive this year’s College Success Award. Jackson received 10 out of 10 in college readiness, exceeding state averages in measuring college and career readiness.

“Our partnership between faculty, staff, and families is unparalleled. Those ingredients, along with our rigorous academic structure and expectations in classrooms, are a successful recipe for college and career readiness,” Jackson Local Superintendent Chris DiLoreto said.

“We are proud to receive this award for the third straight year,” said Jeff Kracker, principal at Jackson High School. “It is a testament to the work our teachers, counselors, support specialists, parents, and students put in each day. Educating tomorrow’s leaders is a community effort and we are fortunate to have such a supportive community.”

Despite the unprecedented disruptions to the educational landscape this year, Jackson High School has adopted and upheld many best practices to support its  students’ college preparation and success, including maintaining rigorous course offerings, supporting at-risk students, identifying gifted learners early in their academic careers, and making sure our students have access to academic supports either in person or virtually.

The College Success Award is possible because Ohio is leading the nation in both collecting and transparently sharing information on how students perform after high school, which is valuable information for families, educators, and policymakers.

“We applaud Jackson High School for prioritizing high-quality public education, putting students on the path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of “Over the past year, students, parents, teachers, and communities have relied on one another like never before. We congratulate and thank all of these individuals at Jackson High School for their unwavering pursuit of college success for all students.”

Community members can join in celebrating Jackson High School on social media using #CollegeSuccessAward.

About Jackson Local Schools

Jackson Local School District is consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of Ohio’s 611 districts. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Jackson High School as the top-performing school in Stark County and among the top 5 percent in the state. Niche Report ranks JLSD No. 27 out of 611 with the top-rated teachers in Stark County. Every building in Jackson Local is Purple Star certified.

About GreatSchools:

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